Dye Your Wardrobe - Simple Dyeing.

It's Me Made May, and as well as those few items I have made I'll be wearing a lot more items I've refashioned. What better time to share my favourite (read minimal effort/highest return) method with you.

Dyeing old clothes is a simple way to o this but can totally change how something fits in to your wardrobe. The fit is good but the colour no longer suits .. dye is the way to go. Dylon dye is the easiest I've found to get ahold of in the UK, and there are three products that can help you transform old and tired clothes. Machine Dye, Hand Dye and Pre-dye Colour Remover.

Machine Dye is the easier way, that's for sure, just pop in the washing machine and your all set. Its my go to product for revitalising black tops and the like that have just got a bit faded, but are otherwise still good. Also if, like recently, doing a few larger items on days I want to get on with other stuff and aren't plotting anything fancy. If you are going for a black or navy and want the full depth of colour, then machine dye is the way to go for simplicity.

With hand dye, it takes time but gets just as good results as the machine stuff. The best thing about hand dyeing is that you can vary the depth of colour. It really is easy , and sometimes can be the better option. As well as being cheaper (around £3 rather than around £6 depending on where you buy), getting hand dye gives you more options in techniques and how to dye. Firstly - no need to go for full depth of colour. You can easily give it less time to get a different shade.

Do you remember this cardigan? It was extremely easy to dye evenly. All you need  is the dye, water and salt. Just follow the instructions and stir and "fondle" whatever you are dyeing, and you'll get even results. This was full depth Amazon Green Dylon. It really was that simple - and at the same time I did some other more fun things in the same dye bucket (more on that later). I do a quick rinse out then run the rinse cycle on the machine to get the excess dye out - much quicker on plain dyed, large items than bending over the tub. Honestly thou, that is my only tweek.

Just remember the colour rules if dyeing an item that isn't white - red and blue make purple, blue and yellow make green, and so on. This applies to both products, otherwise it really is that easy! But what if you have something green you want to dye red? Or you want to go a lighter shade? Well then you need pre-dye. But that's a whole other post.

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